Written by: Ashley Mullen
Once again the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia was swarmed by the most dedicated bass heads from all over the Northeast. This time around the lineup was way more stacked and brought the biggest and the baddest artists from the realm of dubstep. 9 hours of non-stop bass music was delivered to the rowdiest crowd and despite a few rain showers, everyone kept dancing and moshing the whole day through.
The warm up crew consisted of local talent Imposter and some artists on the rise: Delta Heavy, Terravita and NGHTMRE all had sets with enough bass to set an excellent tone for the rest of the festival. Each of their styles was refreshing in their own way and really helped to diversify the lineup. It’s always good to have an ounce of freshness to any event since it keeps revelers on their toes.
Halftime consisted of 12th Planet and Bro Safari who brought two very distinct performances to the decks. 12th Planet played a quintessential dubstep set that was really grimey, slow and very bass heavy. Bro Safari on the other hand stuck to trap with some dub thrown in here and there.
For the latter portion of the night, Zomboy, Modestep and Datsik were all slated to bring an onslaught of the craziest bass music to end the festival! Zomboy of course hyped up the crowd and went insane behind the decks as he played hit after hit. He even prompted for a mosh pit! His set included an excellent variety of genres including house, trap and electro. Things got serious when he dropped Cookie Monsta’s remix of “WTF!?” and “Gem Shards” by MUST DIE! Other tracks that got good crowd feedback were a remix of “404” and a mashup of “PBJ time” and “Terror Squad.” Needless to say, Zomboy stuck true to what he knows best and showed, once again, why he continuously remains on lineups for festivals across the country.
Next up were Modestep who were definitely the most unique act on the roster. With a 15 minute turnover, live instruments were set up and the band soon got on stage to rock the place! Live dubstep with rock ‘n’ roll elements makes for a very entertaining and high octane performance. With their sweet guitar riffs and constant requests for a pit, it’s pretty easy to say that they nearly incited a riot. Drum and bass, dubstep and everything in between boomed from the PK Sound System relentlessly. “Another Day” and “Machines” got the biggest reactions and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was a great moment to show off their rock skills. Modestep’s innovative set was an excellent choice and definitely added a great twist.
To close off the night Datsik started with a bang: there was no easing into what he had planned. He played nothing but the grimest and filthiest tracks in his arsenal. It was a pleasant surprise from his usual stuff which tends to be slower. He even made sure to throw in some revamped oldies but goodies such as “Swagga.” Excision’s “Robo Kitty” and a trap remix of “Spaceman” were also thrown into the mix. Despite going full dubstep and “brostep” on everyone, he ended the festival with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge” which was an excellent note to conclude on.
At this rate, Safe in Sound will easily become of the best niche festivals in the US. Catering to a more underground and dedicated crowd, they make sure to feature artists from all over the bass music spectrum. The tour is still continuing, so if you’re willing to travel snag some tickets and check out the vibes in other cities!
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